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Around the Conference 

Pleasant Hill Community UCC has been in an extended period of 
discernment concerning the expansion of their facilities to accommodate the 
growth in attendance and membership, which they have been experiencing. They 
have entered conversations with an architectural firm, and are looking ahead to 
the possibility of a capital campaign stay tuned! 

On December 20* at 6:ooP, Community Congregational UCC, Montgomery, 
Alabama, opened its doors to host a Christmas season ecumenical worship service 
with other congregations from the city. They welcomed over 200 people to the 
service. 

On February 14* , Pilgrimage UCC, in Marietta, Georgia, will dedicate the 
renovations of their sanctuary, which they have completed. The renovations 
expand the size of the sanctuary, and are a part of developing more flexible space 
to accommodate an expanding church school and youth programming. 

From January 13th through the 15th, Conference Campaign Director Steve 
Havey and Conference Minister Tim Downs, with Campaign Co-Chairs, 
Susan Mitchell and Bob Watson conducted three visitor trainings in 
Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Birmingham. The visitors, who will be contacting each 
church in the Conference over the next two weeks, were introduced to the 
congregations they will be visiting, and the strategies for strengthening giving not 
only to the conference but also to each local church through campaigns in the life 
of each congregation. Following the visits with the churches, there will 
workshops conducted across to conference to equip churches to be effective in 
telling their story, and sharing the story of the dynamic ministries of the 
conference. 

Thank you to Beloved Community UCC, Birmingham, Pilgrim 
Congregational UCC, Chattanooga, and Central Congregational UCC, 
Atlanta for opening their doors to the 40-60 visitors being trained to do the 
visiting for the Campaign to Expand the Mission and Ministries of the 
Conference. 

After three years of affiliation with the United Church of 

Christ, and a time during which they have been the most 

rapidly growing congregation in the Conference, Holy 

Trinity Community Church, UCC, is about to 

assume their own mortgage, taking it over from the 

Conference. The initial mortgage from the UCC Church 

Building and Loan Fund was granted to the Southeast 

Conference, which assumed the risk and responsibility 

for a congregation, which was newly affiliated with the UCC. This next step 

represents an acknowledgement of the strength and vitality of the church's 

ministry. The Conference has been proud to be a partner to make this possible. 

On October 17, 2009 at Brookmeade Congregational UCC, with 75 in 
attendance, Upper Room Fellowship celebrated its 5th Anniversary. It was a 
gathering of all four of Nashville area's UCC churches for a potluck supper. 
Cameron Trimble, Associate Conference Minister for Southeast Conference, was 
the speaker and a performance by the inspirational vocal duo from Houston: 
Jason & DeMarco! 

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